Victorian High Country: Stage 2 - Crossing the Ranges
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  • This was the real holiday - traveling through the high country in NSW and Victoria on some really hairy tracks that would make goats shiver! We left Tilba and camped at Kosciuszko; then to a spot just north of Omeo; from Omeo to Italian Flat (near Dargo); then to Wannangatta; then just a little before Mt Buller before heading down to Melbourne.

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    Day 3 from Omeo to Italian Flat - 90 km
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    Day 4 to Day 6
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    We finally reach the road heading towards Kosciuszko
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    Our first sighting of snow on the road - so we had to stop
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    As we head towards the peak, we pass Threadbo ski village
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    Finally at Charlotte Pass, almost at the highest peak in the country
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    Pretend snowball fight
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    On top of the world
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    Frozen river ...
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    .. makes for some nice shots
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    Love this one ... but at this stage, we were speeding towards finding a camp site for the night!
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    All packed up from where we camped for the night ... at about 1400m
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    Collecting snow for our Eski - it lasts longer than ice
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    Looking to Mt Kosciuszko from a lookout near Khancoban
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    Part of the snowy mountain hydro power scheme near Khancoban
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    Small river by our camp site on the second night - it was low altitude, but freezing
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    The water in the pan froze overnight
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    These Alpacas were as curious about us as we were about them
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    Town of Omeo - famous for some murders and gold mining
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    Monument to man's best friend
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    Damage from recent fires of early 2009
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    Life springs back quickly after the fires of February 2009
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    Our third night's camping spot at Italian Flat
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    The river along Italian Flat
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    Autumn colours are always pretty
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    Inside a disused gold mine at the abandoned gold mining town of Grant
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    ... and here's the proof
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    A gold mine that is now a source of water
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    What was once a thriving gold mining town (Grant) in the 1800s is now just bare dirt and with no memory but some loose stones and plaques
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    From a lookout just out of the Grant Township area
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    Another one of those steep roads, but the picture doesn't quite show it
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    After a massively steep climb uphill - note road behind does just drop off.
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    From a lookout along the Cynthia Range Track
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    That end of the road is a very steep drop
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    Taken from (I believe) Mt Von Guerard 1234m along the Cynthia Range Track ...
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    ... where we stopped for lunch
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    After a long harrowing day of driving, we arrive at "The Elms" - was a great little camping spot
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    We ate well that night
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    Img_9096.jpg;Wonnangatta Valley just the other side of the creek from where we camped
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    And this great tree came crashing down on us, missing the car by just inches
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    Thankfully we survived :-)
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    Twas nice driving through the snow ... although a bit mucky after everyone else had been through it
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    Walk?
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    View from Mt Lovicks (1684m) - it was pretty close to sunset so didn't spend much time here
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    Thankfully we came across Bluff Hut before sunset - and the best part was we had the space all to ourselves
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    View from within the hut
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    Spreading out
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    Beautiful red colour of sunset - and I didn't even enhance the colours!
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    Mt Buller
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    View from Bluff Hut. Snow capped peak to the left is Mt Buller
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    Sunrise from Bluff Hut
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    Mt Buller village coming into view
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    Someone had fun driving on this snow - was pretty close to Mt Buller
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    View from Mt Buller
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    Almost ski season